Total loan: $3,075

Florecitas De Patzun Group

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Patzun, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

Florecitas De Patzun Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy high quality thread and fabric wholesale, in order to expand the business.

Florecitas De Patzun Group's story

Brenda is one of 7 ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Florecitas de Patzun”. She lives in a rural area in the department of Chimaltenango. She is 22 years old and is motivated to care for her 3 year old son and prepare him for a bright future. She is a textile artisan who weaves and embroiders magnificent traditional blouses called huipiles. Her colorful textiles enjoy high demand, so she has 2 employees to help fill orders. She can make 2 huipiles monthly but that is not enough to cover her household expenses. At this time, Brenda is requesting her 4th Kiva loan to buy high quality thread and fabric at the wholesale level, in order to expand the business.

Brenda and the 6 Maya Kaqchikel women in the group sell toys, traditional textiles, new American clothing, and also have small farms where then grow broccoli, corn and peas. Their monthly educational trainings, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and healthcare services, gives them the basic tools they need to empower themselves. Topics range from effective business practices and health issues to family and women's issues.

Brenda shares: "Thanks to our monthly educational trainings, I have learned a lot and can apply what I have learned in my home and business. It is fun to learn by playing games and interacting with my friends in the group."

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these much appreciated loans.